Nation-Leading Bill Passes House, and a View from the Governor's Desk!

Nation-Leading Data Privacy Bill Advances in the Colorado Legislature

Our nation-leading student data privacy bill passed its third reading and out of the Colorado House with unanimous support Wednesday. House Bill 1423, the toughest student data privacy legislation in the country, gathered an unusually large 42 House co-sponsors in the process. Our push to safeguard students’ identities has generated national attention from Colorado Springs to Charlotte, NC and highlights increasing national concern with keeping our students safe in an era where they are continually identified by their digital trail. 

See the following segments of media coverage for the latest on HB16-1423 and Colorado’s push to safeguard our students’ identities.

"Strict Student Data Privacy Bill Advances in Colorado House" 
Education Week (AP)

"Protect the Privacy of Student Data"
The Denver Post

"How Computer Privacy in Colorado High Schools Could be Changing"
The Denver Post

The bill has gained bipartisan support and accomplishes several goals: restores trust within our communities, protects students’ personally identifiable information that’s gathered via educational technology, and promotes continued innovation in the classroom. Watch the House Floor presentation.

Democrats Kill a Bill That Would Change Governance in Colorado

On Wednesday, April 13th, we presented House Joint Resolution 1001 before the House Committee on State, Veterans and Military Affairs. The work we do here during the legislative session in the General Assembly is very important. The intent and and the effect of the resolution is to improve the quality of the work we do by focusing, prioritizing, and getting all-hands-on-deck on that most important piece of policy--finance.

The bill would have shortened the legislative session, shifted primary control of the state budget from the hands of the six-member Joint Budget Committee to every elected member of the General Assembly in a biennial process, and dialed back the quantity of legislation by limiting every legislator to two bills instead of five.

For example, in contrast to other legislatures, Colorado is among only four states that utilize a bottle-necked Joint Budget Committee approach to managing the budget. HCR16-1001 would give every one of the 100-member General Assembly greater input in the state’s fiscal landscape by way of Committees of Reference, and would allow members to apply their expertise to aspects of the budget for which they are accountable. 

Rep. Lundeen before the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

Rep. Lundeen before the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

Opposing voices suggest that a change of this kind need not be amended through the State Constitution, and could rely on the process of electing a Speaker of the House to implement these policy changes. However the annual session and annual budget pieces are included within the Colorado State Constitution, and need to be addressed therein.

In committee we asked members to allow you, the Colorado voters, an opportunity to address this resolution and the issue of changing our state’s governance. The response? The House Committee on State, Veterans and Military Affairs killed HCR16-1001 along party lines on a vote of 5-4, and postponed the resolution indefinitely. 

From the Governor's Desk

Senator Laura Woods and I have had the privilege to work in partnership as co-prime sponsors of two bills in an effort to promote the safety and well-being of some of Colorado’s most vulnerable children. SB16-110 protects child victim privacy, and HB16-1224 provides access to services for child victims of human trafficking.

On Friday Gov. Hickenlooper signed both pieces of legislation into law.

Gov. Hickenlooper signs HB16-1224 with Aggorney General Coffman, Colorado Dept. of Human Services (CDHS), Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) and Sen. Laura Woods (R) and myself (L) in attendance. 

Gov. Hickenlooper signs HB16-1224 with Aggorney General Coffman, Colorado Dept. of Human Services (CDHS), Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) and Sen. Laura Woods (R) and myself (L) in attendance. 

It’s an honor to have the opportunity to advance this kind of legislation in our beloved state. Thank you for affording me the privilege of serving the people of Colorado.

As always, I welcome your feedback and love to hear from you.

Posted on April 18, 2016 .